KS3 Programme of Study

Some people find this time of year in Teaching relaxing because the examination groups have left and people are winding down.

I actually don’t like this time of year, particularly this year as I only gained 3 periods over a two week cycle. My examination groups, and my form are either Year 10 or Lower Sixth so I have to keep going with them. In additon to the normal day to day stuff there is the added pressure of confirming arrangements for next year.

I have spent a couple of hours this afternoon looking at our Key Stage 3 programme of study and tweaking it for the upcoming year. It did not need any major changes as it was overhauled all at once last year.

The main addition is a unit on Glaciation. This is a topic that we used to teach at GCSE but don’t anymore, in addtion on the Geography Teaching Today site there is a new unit of work on Glacial Environments that will be a source of inspiration.


I now need to spend the next month going through and amending schemes of work based on feedback (and if I’m honest in some case writing them).

The Undercover Economist

I have just started reading ‘The Undercover Economist’; this is something that I have seen in book shops for a litle while but never brought myself. I managed to get a slightly battered copy at Tesco’s for £2.

This book is really readable and does what it said on the tin. However there is also alot of undercover geography. The book explains the reasoning behind alot of theories that are part of geographical syllabuses. This would be useful for getting student to think through the theories.

In the first chapter the author explains what is essentially the bid rent theory.

I will blog again on this book as I get further into it.

(If you click the image of the book at the top of this post it will take you to the books page on Amazon)


One of my favourite ‘traditional’ geographical topics to teach is farming. Something which when I started in my present school was not on the syllabus and now have managed to get it incorporated into the Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Post-16 Curriculum.

I think the topic of farming is one that is sometimes neglected from ‘modern’ geographical education, after all we all eat food; 13% of the world’s population do not receive enoough food today.

The image below; the produce flag produced by the NFU is my favourite image to start of a unit on food and farming. I have crisp laminated A4 copies that I use with classes (there is a high resoultion copy of this image on the ‘Why Farming Matters DVD’.)


Of course it is not just teaching about farming as an isolated case study, it is looking at the issues that face farming today both domestically and internationally and how it interacts with other geographical ideas.

A good source of resources is the free ‘Why Farming Matters Pack’ available from Face.

Incidently there was a TV show on about a year ago called Jimmy’s Farming Heros which had some really good information on, if anyone knows where I can get a copy please let me know.

Dragons Den

I have just created a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style task on Sustainable Tourism for my Year 9s. I am not sure how they will take it as it is quite open ended. The assesment criteria is delibrately blank as they are hopefully going to create their own as a class. I am teaching with this lesson five tomorrow so I will see how it goes.

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